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Season 3 for Knightfall – what do you think?

Question marks over the future of the Templar series Knightfall but Tony McMahon hopes that History will renew it for season three

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What was in the Knight Templar rule book?

Templar expert Tony McMahon reveals the Rule book of the Knights Templar and how it covered everything from eating to praying

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Constantinople – glorious Byzantine capital!

A visit to Istanbul – once called Constantinople and capital of the Byzantine Empire

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Sacred statues without hair and clothes

Catholic churches all over Europe are graced with sacred statues of Christ, the Virgin Mary and the many, many saints. But when these churches are closed or renovated, we see these statues in a whole new light. Shorn of their…

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Winter is coming! But it’s a Templar winter, not a Targaryan one!

Knightfall will be with you soon! Winter is coming – but courtesy of the History Channel, it will be a Templar winter. Forget the dragons and white walkers, give me the Knights Templar any day of the week. Here is…

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How was medieval Easter celebrated?

Medieval Easter was way more important than Easter is today. Two reasons. One was the celebration of the resurrection of Christ and the other was the rebirth of the countryside. In feudal rural societies – never far from starvation –…

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The Templars – the mystery of their first ten years!

The first ten years of the Knights Templar is shrouded in mystery as Tony McMahon discovers

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Were the Knights Templar secretly part of the Cathar heresy?

The Knights Templar were accused of rejecting the divinity of Christ, spitting on the crucifix, not believing the church sacraments and conducting their own masses without a properly consecrated priest. They emerged in France in the 12th century at the…

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Templar secret initiation rites – the truth

For centuries, it’s been alleged that the Knights Templar had secret initiation rites through which a young man joined this order of holy warriors. Some allege the Templars used rituals from the Cathar heresy – a variant of Christianity condemned…

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Smear campaign that led to the Templar downfall

Philip the Fair issued orders to arrest every Templar knight but what exactly were the charges and why did he take such action?

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